Some Musicians Playing at Festival in 2019
Fabio Miano – Jazz Pianist
Born in Brindisi, Italy, December 1st, 1956.
His family moved to Montreal when he was a young child.
He began his musical studies at the “Royal Toronto Conservatory”
when he was eight years old.
At the age of twelve, his family moved to Brussels, Belgium, where
he began studying jazz with pianist Paul Lambert.
In 1975 Fabio returned to Montreal to continue studying music at
“Concordia University” where he graduated in 1979.
Between 1975 and 1979 he performed regularly with various groups
including the Concordia University and McGill University Big Bands .
He also led his own trio and was a member of the Collin Biggins
Quintet which performed nightly at the “Four Seasons” in Montreal.
In 1979, Fabio moved to Valencia , Spain, where he performed
regularly in clubs and festivals all over the country.
Between 1983 and 1986 Fabio taught music in Bologna, Italy ,in a
cultural program subsidised by the Italian government.
During this period, he had the opportunity to work with some of
Italy's finest jazz musicians such as Massimo Urbani, Claudio
Fasoli, Larry Nocella, and Tulio DiPiscopo among others, as well as
accompanying American artists such as Steve Lacy, Bobby Watson
and Dave Schnitter.
At this time, Fabio became a member of tenor saxophonist Dave
Schnitter's band, performing regularly in different European cities.
In 1986 he returned to Spain to become a member of “6 en 1”.
This sextet, led by Spanish guitarist Carlos Gonzalbez, was
awarded 1st prize at the Valencia Jazz Competition and
subsequently recorded an album subsidised by the Valencia
government and Radio Nacional de España.
In 1989 Fabio returned to Canada. This time he established his
residence in Toronto , where he performed with some of the finest
jazz musicians on the scene there, such as ;
Grant Stewart, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk Macdonald, Lorne
Lofsky, Jerry Fuller, Neil Swainson, Phil Dwyer, Kevin Dean and
Dave Young among others.
He performed at the DuMaurier Jazz Festival in 1990 and 1991.
In 1992 , Fabio established his residence in Spain once again.
He co-founded “Milestones Trio” which accompanied a long list of
well known international jazz artists.
Fabio currently resides in Alicante , Spain
Jamie Gatti – Biography
Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Jamie has a reputation for versatility in playing all musical styles from classical, to jazz, rock, Celtic and theatre. A professional bassist for 35 years, Gatti has toured and recorded with many artists from around the globe. Composer/arranger/producer and now bandleader are his interests at this time.
Jamie began playing during high school under the tutelage of music teacher Ron MacKay. From Ron he learned many of the skills necessary to be a professional player. He started work in the late 1970’s in Halifax doing shows and commercials for TV and Radio and playing club dates. In 1980 he accepted an invitation to audition for the RCMP band and won the position.
Gatti moved to Ottawa in 1981 joining the RCMP band. While with that group he toured Canada extensively and around the world performing and recording. He also participated in the Ottawa music scene playing in many jazz clubs, sessions, theatre shows and with a few orchestras. He was fortunate to work under conductors such as Boris Brott, David Foster, Erich Kunzel, Newton Waylon and Howard Cable.
In 1994 Gatti retired from the RCMP and returned home to Nova Scotia. He presently tours and records with the Barra MacNeils. As well as recording with other Canadian artists, he plays sessions at CBC, with Symphony Nova Scotia and at Neptune Theatre.
Since 1992 Gatti recorded 4 CDs, all solo bass themed, with original tunes and rearranged standards. The last one ‘Over Time’, was nominated in the Best Jazz Artist category in the 2007 East Coast Music Awards. Also nominated, 2008 East Coast Music Awards with original music the group Tonic; 2007 Music Nova Scotia Musician of the year and Jazz Recording of the year. Playing all styles of music has filtered into his writing, combining many of these simultaneously. Gatti’s home base is Halifax, Nova Scotia.